Man United played dirty to keep one star happy amid managerial uncertainty

In an effort to keep star striker Cristiano Ronaldo happy, Manchester United have reportedly used the press to link former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane to the vacant managerial job at Old Trafford.

That’s according to a recent report from the Manchester Evening News, which alleges the Red Devils intentionally leaked “baseless” reports that Zidane could succeed former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in order to prevent Ronaldo from becoming unstable.

Obviously, as fans now know, after Solskjaer’s sacking, interim president Ralf Rangnick has been in place until the end of the season and it now looks like Ajax’s Erik ten Hag will take over permanently.

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However, before Rangnick took over, there was considerable uncertainty as to whether or not the 20-times league winners would look to appoint a first-team manager immediately.

Aside from Zidane, several other names have been linked, including Paris Saint-Germain’s Mauricio Pochettino. However, with both candidates never coming close to the job, these recent reports that the club deliberately dropped some names to the press for their own benefit certainly seem plausible.